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Shelter Rocks The Book Fair Fiesta With Flair

BookFair_040414AThe SCA’s Scholastic Book Fairs at Munsey Park and Shelter Rock Elementary Schools turned into a giant fiesta this year, as each school’s library was transformed into a festive, colorful space filled with fantastic books, posters and knick-knacks for kids to buy.

Held during the week of March 3-7, the annual fund-raising event not only allowed students to have access during the school day to some of the hottest books available, it was also opened up to the public on each schools’ Family Night and at their Preschool Events. A huge thanks goes out to each school’s Book Fair Chairs: Cathy Conniff and Sharon Messina at Munsey Park and Christine Monteroso and Liz Blaney at Shelter Rock. Ole!

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2014-2015 Proposed School Budget

manhassetschoolOn Wednesday, April 9, Manhasset Board of Education approved a preliminary working budget proposal totals $87,933,150.

The preliminary working budget increase is at Manhasset’s tax levy cap of 1.84%. Key highlights to the preliminary working budget includes: [Read more...]

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Health & Wellness Week Celebration

WellnessWeek_041814ACollaborating with the Manhasset Middle School Physical Education and Science Departments, Molloy College’s Nursing Program, Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, the Manhasset SCA and Manhasset CASA’s Youth Committee, Manhasset Secondary School celebrated healthy living during its annual Health and Wellness Week celebration. Students participated in educational fairs, presentations along with a new student initiative – Teens as Teachers as part of the nation’s annual Kick Butts Day Tobacco Prevention Day.

Kick Butts Day, celebrated on Wednesday, March 26th, is celebrated annually across our nation and is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids as a day of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco. The campaign seeks to provided outreach by teens to encourage their peers to stay tobacco-free and educate their communities about the tobacco industry’s harmful marketing practices. [Read more...]

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Port’s Jump Rope For Heart

jumpBuckley Country Day School second, third, and fourth graders recently participated in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart event for the 31st consecutive year.

Jump Rope for Heart is a nationwide fundraising program which promotes physical activity, heart-healthy living, and community service to children. This event provided an opportunity for Buckley students to learn about heart health while raising money to benefit medical research. [Read more...]

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From Manhasset To China

chinaAfter attending the Shelter Rock School Monday through Friday and completing his homework, Manhasset resident Mitchell Jung spends his Sundays at the Chinese Culture Association of Long Island (CCALI) and Chinese School located at N.Y.I.T. in Westbury.

The studious third grader loves learning how to read, write and speak Chinese like his parents as well as learn all about the culture through activities. [Read more...]

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The Tempest Churns

stageThe Manhasset High School Theatre Department presented William Shakespeare’s The Tempest after months of rehearsals and preparation; they managed to create a very dramatic evening. From shipwrecks to sorcery, monsters to spirits, from suspicious behavior to true love, what more can you ask for?!

Bridget Lavin, no stranger to the Manhasset stage, performed brilliantly in the lead roll of Prospero the former Duke of Milan with magical powers. His spirit servant Ariel was enchantingly played both Caitlin Begley (Friday) and Alexia Mate (Saturday). Two actors also played the roll of Ferdinand: Aaron Tibibzedeh (Friday) and Yianni Katsifas (Saturday). Ferdinand captures the heart of Miranda, Prospero’s daughter, charmingly played by Sara Beth Lipsman whose younger sister, Meagan Lipsman plays Young Miranda in a flash back sequence. [Read more...]

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O’Reilly, Friends Raise Funds


Close to 1,600 people recently attended the Tilles Center to hear Fox newscasters Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Brian Kilmeade discuss their rise to stardom and offer a look into cable news.

Money raised from tickets sales went to the Schools of St. Mary in Manhasset, where O’Reilly’s two children attend.

Tickets ranged from $78 to $303. VIP ticketholders attended a private reception where they posed for pictures with the three broadcasters and received a signed copy of O’Reilly’s bestselling book, Killing Jesus. [Read more...]

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Herren’s Brutal Honesty Captivates Manhasset Teens & Parents

herrenA deafening silence filled the gymnasium and auditorium last week as former NBA Star Chris Herren spoke with students and parents about how he wished someone – whether his parents or friends – would have “told on him” during his early years of drinking and drugging in high school.

Students didn’t make a peep as they were mesmerized by Herren’s story that detailed his fantasy like rise in the NBA as he abused drugs and alcohol. Herren spoke honestly about his family and high school days and the reckless effect “just drinking and smoking” had on his NBA career. Students listened intently as he talked openly about bullying and the destructive effect it has on fellow classmates – especially when they make fun of each other in class, on Facebook, and even post pictures on Instagram. Herren explained how he now lives his life with hope – the hope of reaching just one person and making an impact in their life so they know that is it never too late to start a new chapter in their life. [Read more...]

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Temple Judea Students Celebrate Israel

saluteStudents at Temple Judea of Manhasset celebrated Israel with a visit from a former Israel Defenses Forces Lieutenant Amit Shuker.

Lieutenant Shuker engaged the students in a simulation game, while teaching them Hebrew words and phrases. The students also learned about the significant role of the IDF experience in Israeli culture.

In addition, students participated in a learning activity which took them “all over the map” – a giant map of Israel, which enabled them to visualize the geography of Israel.

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The Sound Of Applause…

soundThe hills were alive with “The Sound of Music” this past weekend in the Immaculata Hall Auditorium at Saint Mary’s as the Elementary School Drama Program presented three consecutive performances of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. Each night, the audience was dazzled by the incredible talent of the young cast under the direction of Mr. Andrew Koslosky of The Josephine Foundation (JOFO).

In their ninth year with St. Mary’s Elementary School, JOFO has helped discover and bring out talent in middle school students that ultimately creates a winning combination of professionals working alongside students who either perform on stage or learn the art of backstage production.

The Josephine Foundation is also working at the High School level in the inaugural year of the Fine and Performing Arts Program, which will present another production on the Immaculata Hall stage in May. [Read more...]

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